Laura Elena Biculescu Laura Elena Biculescu

Demo lesson - Academ Consult
Intermediate+ level


In this lesson students will practice both their reading and their speaking about jobs and success. First they look at photos of successful people then they discuss the qualities needed to become successful at different jobs. Then, they read a text about millionaires and discuss what does it take o become one. Finally, we wrap up with a more general discussion on jobs.


Abc Statements about millionaires
Abc Discussion cards
Abc Reading - Have you got what it takes?
Abc Vocabulary exercise
Abc Pictures of billionaires

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of jobs and success

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about the lives of millionaires in the context of jobs and success


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Spread the photos on the table or pin them on the board so that all the students can easily see the. Who are the people in the photos? Elicit their names and occupations and ask them what do they all have in common? Elicit rich, millionaire, successful.

Pre-Reading (7-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ask the students what does it take to become successful? Put some of those qualities on the board. Give the students 3-4 minutes to read the 3 texts and have them guess what jobs are they about. Football coach, teacher, entrepreneur. Draw the students' attention to the words written in bold and their definitions. Elicit the answer to the first question then allow students 4-5 minutes to work alone. They peer check their answers and discuss any inconsistencies. Concept check to make sure the words have been understood. Follow up: In pairs the students discuss their jobs and the qualities needed to be successful at it. Feedback: Have a few students share their opinion with the class. Pay attention to the discussion and give feedback on the way the students use the new vocab.

Pre-Reading 2 (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging prediction tasks

Ask the students which of those qualities do millionaires need? In pairs they read the statements about millionaires and discuss if they think they are true or false.

While-Reading (6-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

The students read the text and find out if their guess was correct or not. They discuss the answers and share any information that was surprising. Feedback: ask the students again what does it take to be a millionaire, according to the text? Is it easy? Why / why not?

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Put the students in pairs and show them the speaking cards. They should put the cards on the table face down, take one card and discuss it with the partner. Encourage them to give long answers and to ask each other follow-up questions? "Why is that? Can you explain? Can you give me some more details? etc. " Follow up: what qualities are important in a boss?

Delayed error correction (2-4 minutes) • To correct any mistakes with the target language from the speaking activity

Put a few mistakes you have heard of on the board and have students look at them and correct them. Provide guidance and support if they get stuck.

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